Chippewa M. Thomas is the Director of the Office of Faculty Engagement of Vice President’s Office for University Outreach at Auburn University. She is also an associate professor of Counselor Education (Clinical Mental Health) programs in the Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation, Counseling/School Psychology in the College of Education. As both administrator and faculty, she’s responsible for providing campus wide leadership engaging faculty in outreach related work and the development of outreach scholarship. In an effort to create synergies across disciplines, Dr. Thomas facilitates joint projects between faculty and community partners, manages a competitive outreach intramural grant programs, and hosts an annual outreach scholarship symposium in keeping with the land-grant mission and strategic priorities of the university. She also teaches counselor education courses that prepare future mental health workforce professionals as well as counselor educators/supervisors at the doctoral level. She is involved in service to the university, professional organizations and in the community. She conducts research, and is engaged in outreach activities locally and abroad that have allowed her to produce engaged scholarship.
Amy Chitwood is a doctoral student at Auburn University in the Public Policy and Public Administration program. She began the program in Spring 2011 and is currently working on her dissertation entitled “The Supreme Court, Hobby Lobby and the Changing Nature of Corporate Religious Liberty.” She received her Master of Science in Political Science from Auburn University-Montgomery in December 2009 and her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Samford University in May 2007. She began working with the Office of Faculty Engagement as a Graduate Assistant in September 2015, although she had worked with the Center for Governmental Services, a division of Auburn University Outreach from August 2013 to July 2015. With the Office of Faculty Engagement, Amy provides administrative assistance for the AU Outreach to Cuba Delegations and serves as a correspondent to delegates. Amy is also assists the Office of Faculty Engagement with the Faculty Outreach and Engagement Council and committee planning for the 18th Annual Engagement Scholarship Consortium conference that will take place in Birmingham in the Fall of 2017.
Kara White, M.Ed. is a fourth year pharmacy student at The Harrison School of Pharmacy at Auburn University and a Graduate Assistant for the Office of the Vice President for University Outreach. Kara White grew up in Uniontown, AL and received her Bachelors Degree in Biomedical Science from Auburn University in 2012. She also received her Masters of Education from Auburn University in 2013. Kara recently completed a 10-week pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamics internship with Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis, IN. As a graduate staff assistant, her current projects include the Competitive Outreach and Engaged Scholarship Grant program and committee planning and administrative assistance for the 18th Annual Engagement Scholarship Consortium conference.